A man had three sons, and the youngest was a fool, and continually abused. One day, the older two sons went to cut wood, and were rude with a little old man who asked to share their food, and both of them cut themselves so badly they had to return home. The youngest asked to go, too, and shared his food. The old man pointed him to a tree to chop down, and he found a goose whose feathers were gold in its roots when he did. The youngest son took it with him to an inn where he stayed the night. One of the innkeeper's daughters tried to steal a feather, and was stuck to it; her two sisters tried as well, and were stuck to her. The youngest son set out the next day, and the girls had to run to keep up with him. The parson chided them for their antics, and grabbed hold, and then he was stuck as well; the sexton tried to rebuke him, and ended up as well.
The youngest son went to city where a princess lived, who was so serious she never laughed, and the king had decreed that she should marry whoever made her laugh. The sight of the procession made her laugh, and so the youngest son married her and inherited the kingdom.
Not to be confused with one of Aesop's Fables, The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs.
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- Engagement Challenge: Making the princess laugh
- Kindhearted Simpleton: The youngest son is rather simple, but also a good and hard-working man.
- Old Beggar Test: The older brothers snub the old man, and injure themselves trying to cut wood. Our hero shares his simple lunch, and is rewarded with the location of the golden goose.
- Rule of Three: There are three brothers
- The Runt at the End: The youngest son is stupid.
- Schmuck Bait: Don't touch the golden goose, you say? Ok.
- Secret Test of Character: Sharing your food is the way to success.
- Standard Hero Reward: The kingdom comes with the princess.
- Sticky Situation: A bunch of people get stuck together thanks to the golden goose.
- Threshold Guardians: The little old man imposes a test.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Or rather, to the goose and everybody stuck to it? Were they all just stuck forever?
- Youngest Child Wins: The youngest son is the hero.